Man Accused of Setting South Africa’s Parliament on Fire Denies Charges

Man Accused of Setting Parliament on Fire Denies Charges (News Central TV)

Zandile Mafe, a 49-year-old South African man arrested in connection with a fire at the country’s Parliament appeared in court this Tuesday.

Mafe appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Zamekile Mbalo charged with housebreaking, theft and arson.

The case has been postponed to January 11,2022. Mafe, who is being represented by Luvuyo Godla, denied and rejected the charges.

Zandile Mafe was accused of setting Parliament on fire

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in the Western Cape, Eric Ntabazalila, said State investigators needed to confirm certain information about the suspect, such as his residential address and whether he has assets. Said Ntabazalila:

“Investigators have not been able to go to Parliament to assess the damages. By next Tuesday we will have that information.”

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Mafe was apprehended by officers from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks).

The fire broke out on Sunday morning and destroyed the National Assembly and parts of the Old Assembly building.

On Monday afternoon strong south-easterly winds in the city resulted in a flare-up of the fire again. It was finally brought under control around midnight.

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